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New Technology Offers to Broaden Vision for Radio Astronomy

dipole antennas on the phased array feed

Innovation Advances ‘Phased Array Feed’ Imaging System To accelerate the pace of discovery and exploration of the cosmos, a multi-institution team of astronomers and engineers has developed a new and improved version of an unconventional radio-astronomy imaging system known as a Phased Array Feed (PAF). This remarkable instrument can survey vast swaths of the sky…

The Observer: Volume II, Issue 2

Download a printable (PDF) version of The Observer Director’s News Spring is here in Green Bank, at least in theory (and if it would stop snowing that would be nice). This means we are now ramping up for our influx of summer staff and the many summer programs which we host on site. From workshops on…

Green Bank Observatory Chosen for National Leap Into Science Project

A diverse group of educators from the Green Bank Observatory, West Virginia University Extension Service, Pocahontas County Libraries and the Morgantown Public Library System have teamed up to become The West Virginia Leap into Science State Leadership Team. Out of more than 20 applications from around the nation, West Virginia was one of four state…

Astronomers solve cosmic “whodunit” with interstellar forensics

Summary: By comparing new Hubble observations with data from the Green Bank Telescope, astronomers have discovered the origin of a huge cloud of gas bridging the Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud, two dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way. In a cosmic version of tug-of-war, the Large Magellanic Cloud is using its…

Pulsar Watchers Close In On Galaxy Merger History

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Above: Astronomers see galaxies merging throughout the universe, some of which should result in binary supermassive black holes. Credit: NASA Fifty years after pulsar discovery published, massive new data set moves closer to finding very-low-frequency gravitational waves, researchers say. For the past twelve years, a group of astronomers have been watching the sky carefully, timing…